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Spay-Neuter Assistance Program, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission: SNAP's mission is to prevent the suffering and death of companion animals and to enrich the human-animal bond by providing excellent, accessible and affordable spay/neuter and veterinary care.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 45,000 animals per yer

Geographic areas served: Houston, Pasadena and San Antonio, Texas

Programs: SNAP has been helping dogs and cats and the humans who love them for a quarter of a century! In 1994, in response to dog and cat overpopulation and unacceptably-high shelter kill rates in Houston/Harris County, SNAP was created to pioneer the nation’s first spay/neuter clinic on wheels to serve clients who live below poverty level. Founder, Sean Hawkins, relates the story of his motivation to embark on this enormous undertaking: One summer morning, a tiny puppy found in a parking lot was brought into the local shelter. She was too small to be put up for adoption, so it was my job to put her to sleep that afternoon. As I opened her cage, her big brown eyes just stared at me. Having watched the animals before her, she knew she was going to die. She was going to be killed for a crime she did not commit—being born. That puppy, Sideeke, lived with me for 22 years, and was the reason the Spay-Neuter Assistance Program began. That day I decided I was going to do something to stop the killing of homeless animals. We have Sean to thank for bringing SNAP to life, but the next twenty-five years were only possible through the steadfast support of our donors, investors, and partners. Together, we have much to be proud of. Thanks to our supporters, SNAP has been able to: • create mobile spay/neuter, providing a model which has been replicated around the world. • develop best practices for patient care in the field of high-efficiency spay/neuter • perform over half-a-million spay/neuter surgeries, preventing the suffering of millions of unwanted cats and dogs and improving the quality of life for both animals and human caregivers • establish programs and/or trained veterinarians in six U.S. states and seven foreign countries • play a significant role in helping San Antonio become the nation’s largest no-kill city, with hopes to replicate that success in the Greater Houston Area. We look forward to another twenty-five years helping pets and the people who love them! “SNAP provides extremely affordable spay/neuter and vaccinations to the community, which helps us keep our animals safe and happy. THANK YOU!” - Amelia L. Leading the Field in Competent, Compassionate Veterinary Care Since 1994

Community Stories

60 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Mattie D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering for SNAP for years. It is a wonderful organization that helps prevent dog and cat overpopulation through spay/neuter surgeries. This also helps to lower the shelter euthanasia numbers. The services are free or low-cost. So many people are grateful this organization exists.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

SNAP is cruicial in helping attack the pet overpopulation. So many animals enter the shelters in our community each year and lose their lives simply because there is no space for them. Every one euthanized is a soul lost. SNAP provides cost efficient vet care and promotes spay and neuter which is necessary in order to stop the cycle. I fully support this group by donating and volunteering as I think spay and neuter is the solution to end over population.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Houston has a serious pet overpopulation problem. Many animals are euthanized daily due to the number of animals in the shelters exceeding the number of adopters. SNAP makes an impact on those numbers by offering low cost, and in some cases free, spay and neuter services to the citizens of Houston. This organization is well respected in the community and is known throughout. Our hope is that we will eventually greatly lower the number births, meaning less animals turned in to our shelters and being euthanized simply due to space issues.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

SNAP is a wonderful resource for dog and cat owners. I have had several animals dumped on my street and have been able to get the fixed at SNAP. Now they are healthy and have loving homes.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I would not be able to keep my cat without the help of SNAP. I was able to get her spayed and her shots for free. Since I got sick, my cat has been the best therapy.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I think SNAP is a wonderful program. Without it I wouldn't be able to care for my animals. Staff was caring and knowledgeable.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to SNAP-Houston because of financial reasons, but I love my pets. I was more than pleased with the front desk help, the techs, and doctors. My daughter's cat was neutered. He did wonderful. The surgery site was clean and post-operative instructions were very precise. Yet they want you to have a vet that can take care of accidents or illnesses. I will promote their services and use them again.

1 David65

Client Served

Rating: 5

SNAP is one of the brightest stars in this city. I have used their services for 2 of my companions. The staff is utterly professional and a serves as a stellar example of making a real difference at the community level. Thank you SNAP.

Janet25

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a rescuer in Houston for years before SNAP opened, I am so appreciative of their services as well as their service level. This was especially important during the years I worked with retired racing greyhounds who have anesthesia sensitivities. They were excellent with them.Their phone number and website are imprinted on my brain to share with anyone with whom I come in contact with intact animals. Janet Huey

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering for SNAP - they are the best at what they do! Spay-Neuter it is the first step to No kill and the best way to resolve the over population issues in our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer with a few animal welfare groups in Houston, I have to say SNAP is one of the better programs I've volunteered with! Their mission is a worthy one, and my experiences at their functions are always positive!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a person who has been rescuing animals in the community for about 30 years now, SNAP has been an invaluable resource to me, as I have sought reasonable pricing and available service to spay, neuter and vaccinate all of these stray animals. That fact that you can drop in without an appointment is very helpful, especially in a pinch, when strays need vaccinations before they can go into boarding. The people are friendly and helpful, the facility is very clean, I love the vets there. They provide a valuable service to the community, especially with the low cost spaying and neutering and are trying very hard to get the word out about the critical need for spaying and neutering - the first step to no-kill is no-birth!

Kendra2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a rescue dog that hadn't been vetted her entire life. SNAP was so helpful on everything and even offering advice to this new "mommy". They are very cost effective and are very affectionate towards animals. Previously I had my cat (another rescue) neutered there plus his shots and they were very informative on his after care and what to expect. I will highly recommend them for anyone with pets!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Serving on the board with other dedicated volunteers has been a great experience. The staff is dedicated and knowledgeable and the mission of the organization is important.

Kendall L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my dog from a local rescue and took him to SNAP to be neutered and get all his shots. The people were fantastic and made my pup feel right at home. When you walk into the facility you can see how much they truly love all the animals. They do a tremendous service to the city of Houston.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SNAP does amazing work in Houston, providing low-cost spay/neuter services to a community who is suffering from a massive pet over-population crisis. SNAP uses funds effectively and efficiently and is so worthy of our support. Expansion of their services and expertise are key to stopping the cycle of over-population and high euthanasia rates in Houston. I am proud to support SNAP!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The State of Texas is extremely fortunate to have SNAP in Houston, TX. SNAP is a win-win for everyone!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I took a rescue puppy (Baily) to the SNAP Houston Wellness Clinic. Our wait was relatively short, the front desk staff was extremely nice and professional...they played with little Baily while we waited. Finally, the vet who checked out Baily was also very professional and helpful. The best part of my visit was that SNAP charges cost for all their services. SNAP is such a wonderful organization!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have visited SNAP as a customer, seeking at cost spay-neuter and wellness services. I also make spare time to volunteer on behalf of this great organization. SNAP is focused on diligent management, caring and motivated staff, and devoted volunteers. It is a critical organization here in Houston, TX, where their motto "no birth is the first step to no kill" aims to eliminate euthanasia as a tactic to deal with pet overpopulation. Instead SNAP encourages locals to spay-neuter their pets and help curb overpopulation in an extremely humane and responsible way.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first volunteered At SNAP for a Neuter Scooter event. That day we neutered 189 cats at our clinic. I computed the 1,000's of lives we saved that day. I knew that SNAP was the answer to our horrific overpopulation crisis. Since then, I have brought literally several 100 animals to SNAP to be neutered or for wellness services. SNAP offers the highest quality - greatest value spay-neuters in our area. Our vets and staff are some of the finest you will experience anywhere. I wish every city had a similar program. Pam H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

SNAP is a wonderful organization for the welfare of animals in Houston. I have seen, first hand, how their efforts to curb the overpopulation of stray dogs and cats in the city are truly to prevent them from becoming statistics in the animal shelters. The more animals spayed or neutered, means less animals killed needlessly. Their ability to provide spay and neuter assistance in low income areas is unprecedented, and completely needed, as well as their affordable veterinary care. Without them, I don't know where Houston would be.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a local dog rescuer I realize more than ever how important it is to prevent the animal population explosion by altering your companion animals. In Addition to the important mission of spay and neuter, providing affordable wellness for the animals of the community is a fabulous service! The SNAP mobile truck/clinic goes into the communities in need and meets the public where they live, providing free spay/neuter and Rabies shots to those that would not ever receive this important care! There is more desire than ever to take care of these animals the economy has had such a negative impact on numbers of shelter dogs and abandoned strays! SNAP makes a difference!